Why did you want to become a Speech and Language Therapist?
Having spent several years living in Germany as a child, without knowledge of the German language, I am very aware of the impact communication difficulties have on everyday life. When choosing a career, I felt drawn to Speech and Language Therapy as I wanted to be able to make a difference to the everyday lives of people who have speech, language and communication difficulties. Communication is a vital skill which everyone deserves to be able to engage in.
What kind of experience do you have?
I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2011 and have worked at The Talking House since 2012. While initially working part-time at The Talking House I was also able to work in the NHS supporting adults with communication and swallowing difficulties across acute and community settings. I have been a full-time member of The Talking House team since September 2013.
I have a wide range of experience working with children and young people who have a variety of speech, language and communication needs including, Dyspraxia, Autism, acquired brain injury, Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), complex needs and developmental delay and hearing impairment. At The Talking House, I am the clinical lead for our private client service and enjoy working with our clients and their families to support their speech and language therapy journey.
I firmly believe that for Speech and Language Therapy to have the best outcome it needs to be fun, engaging and follow the child’s interests wherever possible. I particularly enjoy using messy play, arts and crafts and outdoor activities (weather permitting!) in my therapy sessions.
What are you particularly passionate about?
My special area of interest is supporting children and young people who have complex speech sound disorders. I have had the opportunity to train in several specific therapy approaches to support children who have these difficulties and enjoy applying these skills and approaches into my therapy. I have always had a keen interest in the mechanics of speech and am particularly interested in local accents and dialects.
What are your hobbies and interesting facts about you?
When I’m not at work, I spend as much time as I can outdoors with my husband and little boy and our two spaniels, Ned and Griff. I’m a real foodie and love nothing more than sitting down to a roast dinner after a long walk in our beautiful local countryside.
Clinical Language Sciences (Speech and Language Therapy), BSc Hons (2:1), Leeds Metropolitan University
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy (RCSLT): RC0030274
Health and Care Professions in the UK (HCPC): SL29927
Assessment and Management of Adults with Dysphagia (Sheffield Teaching Hospital)
TalkTools Level 1 and 2
Teaching Speech to non-verbal individuals with Autism
PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)
Makaton Sign Foundation Course
PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
SCERTS (Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Support)
Sensory Integration workshop: An overview of and new approaches to children with neurodevelopmental disorders